What Professionalism Really Means

By Megan Greene on February 25, 2014

When I was looking for my first job out of college, the advice I received over and over again was "be professional." And, at the time, I thought "be professional" might have been code for "don't be yourself."

Now that I’m on the other side of things, I know that you can be yourself and still be professional. At Communications Collaborative, we are a tightknit, hardworking team, but we have fun. We have quirky senses of humor. However, I’ve also been at companies that are bigger and more formal.  I’ve realized that whether your company is small or large, informal or formal, there are universal professional attributes that will serve you well at any organization:

1) Respect: I put this at number one for a reason. Respecting and listening to the opinions of others, from the CEO to peers to interns, is the pinnacle of professionalism. Taking the time to understand different points of view, and identifying compromises when needed, are key to maintaining and growing a healthy, professional workplace. Read More...

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